How to use live shapes in Photoshop tutorial

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Live shapes in Photoshop

how to use live shapes in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Select the rectangle shape (or ellipse) in the Photoshop toolbar

  2. Select the shape layer option

  3. Apply shape

  4. Display properties panel (if not displayed)

  5. Set the corner settings (middle of the properties panel) for the live shapes in Photoshop

The following can be used : Rectangles and circles (as of 2018).


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The key panel is the properties where you can change a number of properties such as the corners and size at any point until you turn them into a normal vector artwork. The properties panel will appear as you create a rectangle or circle (if the right side menu show on creation in properties is ON).


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You can change

1) fill color (to a solid color or gradient or pattern)

2) stroke color in the properties

3) position

4) size

5) dash style etc

6) combine etc

7) feather and density of the mask for the rectangle and circle.


You can also change a limited set of properties such as the rounded corner setting for rectangles but say if you wish to change an anchor point by using the direct selection tool then the tool will display a message to change to more standard path


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Artwork made of multiple live shapes can be moved and modified in numerous ways using the path selection tool as well as the path scaling command or path rotation (use the edit menu and transform path with the selected path). You cannot use perspective or warp etc without turning the artwork to the dark side.


How to combine multiple live shapes ? Simply go to the layer menu and use the combine command and then go to the properties panel and change the unite / subtract etc settings as required in that panel to remove or combine with the other vectors


If you want to move the paths, simply select any combined paths and use the path selection tool in the toolbox and you can then move them within the combination and this is continiously updated. So if you want to create a hole in the center of a rectangle, create two rectangles and place the latest one in the center or the first and select both and go to the layer menu and combine command and use the subtract at overlap command (notice that this is exclude in the properties). You now have a hole or frame design. You can then use the path selection tool to select the hole and move that (use the properties to change the size and corners)


cut out moreWhen combined, you can modify the properties of the current selected path and change the corners (together or independently) as well as the position and size.


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